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Disposable Competition????

Discussion in 'Western US Wireless Forum' started by rockstar, Jul 30, 2002.

  1. rockstar

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    Wow.. How do ya think this will effect the market... Full story at CNN.com
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    Hop-On, a small company based in Garden Grove, California, said this week it had won U.S. regulatory approval to sell its first phones, clearing the way for a nationwide introduction of a no-frills recyclable phone for prepaid mobile calling.

    In an interview, Chairman and Chief Executive Peter Michaels said approval of the phones will allow Hop-On shortly to sell its stripped-down mobile phone and 60 minutes of initial service for a $40 flat fee, through an unnamed "major CDMA" carrier.

    "We are going to launch pretty much immediately," starting first in Southern California and then rolling out across the U.S. over the next three months, Michaels said.

    "I don't want to sound like a crazy person, but as many phones as I can build I can sell," Michaels said, adding that Hop-On's goal was to sell millions of phones by Christmas.
     
  2. KevinJames

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    Ya, we've discussed HopOn here for over a year now.

    Essentially, until they actually come to market, they are absolutely no threat. They were supposed to be out late last year and never showed. I communicated with them via email and they just said to watch their website for news. I am really beginning to wonder if they will ever come to market. (Weren't they the ones that were embarrassed by an SF reporter who took one of their machines apart only to find out that the insides were Nokia parts?)
     
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    See my article I posted here
     
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    I dont think that they will ever come to the market

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    Sorry, broken link.

    On Phone Scoop you will see a link to the HopOn phone. Look at the bottom of the page that takes you to the FCC filing. From there look at the exhibits. From there look at the internal pictures.
     
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    Well, the FCC shows the phone has gone through the usual battery of testing... (And SAR-wise it isn't bad at all, but that's largely because it uses a headset ONLY.)

    As for the "major CDMA carrier", given that the phone is 800 MHz CDMA-only (no 1900, no analog) that leaves only one company it could be -- Verizon.

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    Don't forget about ALLTEL

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